O nions are an integral part of Kenyan cuisine but besides the flavor they add to our food, few know of its amazing health benefits. Red and white onions come from the allium family of herbs which have been cultivated since time immemorial for their pungent flavors but also medicinal powers. Onions are available all year round but their flavors differ depending on the season, where they are grown and when they are harvested. When shopping for your groceries make sure that you choose firm bulbs with a slight or no odor before they are peeled. This means that they are fresh and rich in flavor. To avoid losing the useful ingredients in onions, avoid over peeling before cooking them. Here are the popular health benefits onions have to offer:

  1. Members of the allium family where onions come from are known agents against stomach and colorectal cancers. This is probably because of organosulfur compounds that significantly inhibit the growth of malignant tumors.
  2. Onions help people with depression because they have folate which prevents the formation of homocysteine. This compound prevents nutrients from reaching their intended destination, which is a bad thing because it could interfere with secretion of dopamine and serotonin, the ‘happy’ hormones.
  3. Onions have a high vitamin C content which is essential for the creation of collagen. This is the compound credited with great looking skin and healthy hair. Without enough collagen, you will notice a rapid formation of wrinkles as well as breakage and unhealthy hair growth.
  4. Onions provide a healthy amount of quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This makes them helpful in the fight against heart disease and allergies. In addition, quercetin helps reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, lower blood pressure, and alleviate the symptoms of prostatitis.
  5. Onion juice is a popular vermifuge that kills even the dangerous T.B germs.
  6. Onions are known to increase people’s virility.
  7. A daily serving of onions provides inulin, a prebiotic that nourishes good bacteria with incredible results. With enouinsulinlin, obese women are likely to lose weight and lower the risk of diabetes.
  8. Onions also help fight ulcers by inhibiting growth of harmful H.pylori in the digestive tract.
  9. This pungent herb has the ability to lower your risk of cataract formation thereby removing the risk of unprecedented blindness.
  10. Onions prevent sunstroke and consumption of onion juice is said to ward off jaundice.
  11. These flavorings have the ability to prevent sunstroke among those who eat them often.
  12. Red and white onions are useful in preventing inflammation associated with asthma.
  13. By fighting bacteria and fungi onions are able to prevent instances of food acquired ailments that plague many people.
  14. The polyphenols in onions are essential in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases.

It is worth noting that among the members of the allium family, onions are best used for health benefits as they have a lower risk of side effects among children and adults. Onions quickly lose their vitamin C content so they shouldn’t be stored for a long time before use if you want to reap all the health benefits they are so famous for.

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